Easter Cards… Lots of Easter Cards

Hello and Happy Easter! I had so much fun creating all of these Easter cards. They are similar in some ways but each is different and the ideas just kept coming. I find that the more I stay in creative mode the more ideas come. So here we go, grab a cup of coffee or tea. As you will see as you scroll down looking at the cards I kind of the like the Tim Holtz Bunny Hop die set. I also had about 20 some Distress Oxide inks on my desk that I used on the cards.

Adding 2 more cards… no more though.

I had to try the kraft bunnies.. They are die cut using the Bunny Hop die set. The background is ink smooshed with Distress Oxide inks. The plants are die cut using the Funky Nature die set & ink blended. The pot is ink blended and embossed with the woodgrain embossing folder. The eggs are die cut from ink smooshed panels.

This is for a friend that likes nice bright colors. The background is a Lawn Fawn plaid paper. The bunnies are die cut with the Bunny Hop die set and ink blended. The eggs are die cut using the Funky Foliage die set and are ink blended.

I need to give some credit on this one. I was inspired by a very cool card made by Fredrikke Andrea Peterson in the Tim Holtz Addicts group. The bunnies are die cut, using the Bunny Hop die set, from ink smooshed panels. The eggs were cut using the Funky Nature die set and some ink smooshed paper. All the background plants are die cut also using the Funky Nature die set. I ink smooshed the plant dies after die cutting. The background was inking over the TH Honeycomb stencil. Entered over at the Love Handmade Cards April Challenge in Flickr.

The background is embossed using the Intertwined 3D embossing folder and then ink blended after embossing. The bunnies are die cut from Lawn Fawn plaid paper. The eggs are die cut and ink blended.

The background is ink blended. The basket was die cut with the Potted die and embossed with the Intertwined 3D embossing folder. The bunnies cut from Lawn Fawn plaid paper. The eggs die cut and ink blended.

What can I say but I love how these wallpaper bunnies came out. The background was die cut using the Papertrey Ink Quatrefoil die and then I ink blended over it. I kept all the pieces in the background die cut. Bunnies were die cut from Tim Holtz Worn Wallpaper Scraps and inked around the edges.

The background is cut out using the Papertrey Ink Quatrefoil die and this time all the pieces were not kept. Bunnies are die cut from an ink smooshed panel. The basket is done using the Potted die and the Intertwined 3D embossing folder and then ink blended on it. The grass was die cut using the Lawn Fawn Grassy Border die and then ink blended. The eggs are die cut and ink blended.

For this I had the idea for the Coffee Loving Cardmakers hop but didn’t get it done for that. But.. it is done now. For the background I die cut some clouds and temporarily attached them and then ink blended over the background. Then I removed the cloud die cuts. The mug is die cut using the Lawn Fawn die set Outside In Stitched Mug and Lawn Fawn plaid paper. The eggs are die cut and ink blended. The grass is ink blended and die cut using the Lawn Fawn Grassy Border die. The bunnies just die cut.

Aww the cute bunny by Hero Arts. I stamped the bunny scene on watercolor paper. I used Distress ink reinkers to watercolor. The bunny turned out darker than I wanted but he is so cute. I used part of the Memory Box Egg Basket Frame die set to cut a frame for the bunny scene.

This card I made from a kit from Creative Escape in Los Gatos, CA. They have something called Facebook Fridays and you get a little kit to make a card. The flowers and bunny are felt which is fun!

Another Hero Arts Garden Bunny card. This time colored with Copics. I like this lighter brown much better. Die cut using a Spellbinders Deckled Rectangles.

Ink smooshed background. Die cut grass colored with a Copic pen. Basket, bunny, peep, eggs are from the Two Paper Divas stamp set, colored with Copics and cut out by hand.


  • Two Paper Divas Easter Basket stamp set – Hoppy Easter sentiment & images on the last card.
  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Bunny Hop die set
  • Lawn Fawn Grassy Border die
  • Memory Box Egg Basket Frame die set
  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Funky Nature die set
  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Woodgrain embossing folder
  • Papertrey Ink Quatrefoil Die
  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Intertwined 3D embossing folder
  • Tim Holtz Worn Wallpaper Scraps
  • Sizzix Tim Holtz Potted die
  • Lawn Fawn Outside In Stitched Mug die set
  • Hero Arts Garden Bunny
  • Distress Oxide inks
  • Distress Reinkers
  • Tim Holtz Honeycomb Stencil
  • Spellbinders Deckled Rectangles die
  • Copic pens

Hero Arts Beautiful Day Agapanthus Birthday

Howdy! I have a card for the Hero Arts July Scramble in Facebook for you today! The Scramble theme this time was coloring so I watercolored the flowers.

I started out by stamping one group of the flowers on each corner of the card. Then I used a single flower to fill in the top and bottom. I heat embossed using brass powder. I then used some Distress Reinker to paint the flowers.

The sentiment is heat embossed using the same embossing powder.

I got to use my new Tonic Studios Tim Holtz glass mat for the first time while making this. Pretty sweet!


  • Hero Arts Beautiful Day Agapanthus
  • Hero Arts Many Birthday Messages
  • Ranger Watercolor Paper
  • PSX Brass Embossing Powder

Hero Arts Artistic Dahlia Hello Card

Howdy to you all! I hope you are hanging in there these days. I have a card I was trying to create for the Hero Arts Stay Crafty Challenge but didn’t quite make it. The theme was use a stamp that has never seen ink, preferably a Hero Arts stamp. I have had this Artistic Dahlia stamp for quite some time but just haven’t used it until I made this card.

Hero Arts Old Letter Writing

For the background I stamped with a text stamp. It is a cool gray. I was lucky to have some paper for the base that went with that gray.

For the flower I water colored it and then cut it out by hand.

The sentiment is die cut from the same paper as the base of the card.


  • Hero Arts Artistic Dalhia woodblock stamp
  • Hero Arts Old Letter Writing woodblock stamp
  • Papertrey Ink Wet Paint Cuts die set

Impression Obsession Night Owl

Here I am now with a birthday card for my hubby. He picked this stamp out for me when he went to The Ink Pad store in New York. We both love bird watching and my hub really enjoys seeing hawks.

I started my card with a panel I had in my stash. It was ink on water color paper. Probably Distress ink. I loved the colors and I thought it would go well with the stamp. I stamped over the colored panel with brown ink, then I cut the panel to have a border around the actual image. One thing that adds to this also is watercolor paper has lots of texture!

Then I heat embossed the sentiment.

Fairly simple and I love the way it turned out.


  • Impression Obsession Night Owl
  • Hero Arts Everyday Messages
  • Ranger Embossing Powder – Potting Soil
  • Versafine Clair ink – Pinecone

Hero Arts Scramble

One of the Flickr Hero Arts group members brought back the Scramble, at least a one time Scramble! Very nice of Cindy to do that. The thing about the Scrambles is you have to make a card in 90 minutes and get it posted in the Flickr group. I always enjoyed them even though sometimes it is a big scramble to get a card done. I had to practice with a few cards before I could get it down to 90 minutes. So now I have several in progress cards. That is a good thing because I need about 8 thank you cards right about now.

Here is my card that I made using the Hero Arts June 2019 My Monthly Hero kit. I noticed that the ones they are releasing around this time of year are the ones that really catch my eye.


Hero Arts My Monthly Hero June 2019

For the background on this card I smooshed a couple of colors of Oxide ink on my craft mat. I then sprayed some water on it. I took a piece of watercolor paper and put that on it. I let that layer dry and then did another round.

For the animals I stamped them using Memento Rich Cocoa ink. I colored them in with Copics and die cut them. The elephant has a touch of gold from a metallic Gelly Roll pen on his headress. I actually looked up some of the animals on the internet to see their coloring. Let me just say leopards have the most beautiful coats. This is such a fun set! Lot’s of animals and plants and fun sayings.

The sentiment is die cut from white paper and I colored it with a Copic pen to have it be one of the colors I used on the animals.


  • Oxide Distress Ink
  • Watercolor Paper
  • Copic Pens
  • Hero Arts My Monthly Hero Kit – June 2019
  • Honey Bee Stamps sentiment die – Large Thanks
  • Memento ink – Rich Cocoa

Fathers Day Cards

Howdy! Here’s the two Fathers Day Cards I made. One for my Dad who just turned 90 and one for my hubby. My hubby has been a great Dad to my son.

The first one is the one I made for my Dad. He liked to sail so I thought the ocean scene would be nice.

Hero Arts Reef Border DieHero Arts My Monthly Hero March 2019






For the background I did a few layers of Oxide Distress ink letting them dry in between on watercolor paper. I cut out the reef border using a Hero Arts die.

The fish were fun… I used a piece of Ranger Silver Sparkle Alcohol Ink Cardstock and put some alcohol ink on it. It comes out so cool with such a nice shimmer. Then I die cut a couple of the fish from one of the Hero Arts My Monthly Hero sets.

For the sentiment I used a Hero Arts stamp set and a Hero Arts Ombre ink pad.


  • Hero Arts Celebrate Everyday – sentiment
  • Ranger Silver Sparkle Alcohol Ink Cardstock
  • Hero Arts My Monthly Hero Kit March 2019
  • Hero Arts Reef Border Die

Here is the card I made for my hubby. He uses the two coffee makers on the card to make coffee. One is a french press and the other is a moka pot. We love Tahoe and he has a black mug with a bit of a scene on it and it says Lake Tahoe. I tried drawing the scene on there but it just wasn’t working so I just decided to write the Lake Tahoe part.

Janes Doodles Coffee Time

For this card I made the background somehow. Ha. It’s probably just some watercolor put on simply or Distress ink.  I added the coffee rings using a stencil.

I die cut a couple of rectangles with a die with double stitching.

The mug, french press and moka pot are stamped and heat embossed. I colored them with Copics. The mug sits up a little higher with foam tape under it.

The sentiment is heat embossed using brown embossing powder.


  • TCW Mini Butterfly Collage stencil
  • Sentiment stamp by the Artful Stamper
  • Jane’s Doodles Coffee Time stamp
  • Cottage Cutz Double Stitched Rectangle die set
  • Copic Pens






Did You Ever?

Hello Crafty Friends! I am wondering have you ever done this before? Here is a project I was working on slowly filling in the background with watercolor. It once was one piece of watercolor paper.

I love the way it is looking. It gets moved around many times while I am making other things. At some point it gets turned upside down. I grab it thinking it is a blank piece of watercolor paper. I cut it in half. I decide I want to try something with a flower stamp. I ink it up. I use the piece of water color paper I just cut to stamp on.  Here is the back side of the lovely jelly fish. Oops!! Darn it!

Almost Made It Coffee Cards

I’m back with one more post for the 2019 Spring/Summer Coffee Blog Hop. It may be over officially but I am not quite done. Ha. If you want tons of great inspiration you can see all the cards submitted during the hop here. So nice of Amy to have this more than once a year. I know it is a huge amount of work. Also very nice that tons of companies provided prizes.

So here are the other two cards I made. One almost made it for the link up. Missed by maybe 5 minutes or so. Don’t let your self get distracted towards the end of the time. One thing I got side tracked on is ordering a few things from Kat Scrappiness. Amy made a card using a background die from there and I just had to have it. Anyway… on to the cards.

Hero Arts Stamp Sets

Here we are with the final version! There were several versions with me thinking how about this, no maybe this, ok this will work.  Since this was a Spring/Summer coffee hop I was trying to go with the theme. But.. coffee just has such a fall feel to it. I drink coffee all year round, seven days a week. I had a lighter brown background at one point but I felt it needed to be lightened up for the theme.

For the background I used a TCW stencil to make all the coffee rings. This required me putting paper pieces on the stencil to only get the coffee rings and not the other things on the stencil and so I did not get ink on the card in the wrong place. The image was on the edge of the stencil.

Next we have the coffee cups. I was thinking rainbow when I picked the colors. I painted some watercolors on watercolor paper and let that dry. Then I stamped the coffee cups over the colors and die cut them out. I used the Hero Arts My Monthly Hero August 2018 coffee kit for all the cups.

Then I found this dark ribbon to ground the cups. It went on a bit crooked which bugs me but it was red line tape so there was no taking it back up without destroying the background.

I used another Hero Arts set for the flowers. I also put down some watercolors on watercolor paper for those, stamped, hand cut.

So the background was different at one point, the cups are redone, the ribbon was something different. You all know how it goes.

Entered in the Love Handmade Cards May Challenge. https://www.flickr.com/groups/2158384@N23/discuss/72157691207011693/

I had to pull this stamp out for this hop. In progress last night but not ready to submit. I won this guy and two other owls with coffee from Rubbernecker Stamps and they are so much fun. I happen to love owls and surprisingly coffee. Ha. This was a bit of a challenge at first also. How do you make an owl look more spring/summer instead of fall? I am really happy how it came out.

I stamped the cute owl and colored him with Copics. I cut around him using a Spellbinders die along with the mat behind him.

I used a couple of patterned papers from the same paper pad. The green is from a different paper pad.

I cut the greeting banner out with a Simon Says Stamp set. The sentiment is from the Hero Arts My Monthly Hero coffee set and it really fits with the image. The image and the greeting are both raised up with fun foam.


  • Hero Arts My Monthly Hero August 2018 Kit
  • Hero Arts Flowers for Coloring stamp set
  • Rubbernecker Stamps Campbell
  • TCW Stencil Mini Butterfly Collage
  • Simon Says Stamp Sketchy Banners die set
  • Copic Markers
  • Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolors
  • Spellbinders Labels Nine Die Set
  • Adirondack Latte dye ink
  • Memento Rich Cocoa ink





Random Papercrafting Projects

Here’s a couple things I created around Christmas mostly for gift giving. The Thank You I forgot what that was for. They are all kind of quick and sometimes these are the most fun since you can just make them any old way and are not that worried about how great it comes out or that you are creating for many to see.

So this one was for a gift to my son. We have a great park system called East Bay Regional Park District. It is actually the model for many park systems around the country. Anyway.. we love them all. Nice hiking at pretty much all of them. A few have lakes or creeks and just all around fun to be in. So we got my son a membership for Christmas. It helps the parks and gets him in the ones that charge without having to pay. He just got a mountain bike so we had one place in mind he might like to take his mountain bike to start getting used to it. I printed the map of all the parks from their website along with the logo type thing. I think that leaf is a Hero Arts stamp that is similar to their logo leaf. I inked around the edges with the same green ink as the leaf.

This was for my Dad and his girlfriend. My husband found some tickets to a musical near where they live. I had to dress it up so I used snowflake stamp set (Penny Black Snowbursts) and stamped with silver pigment ink and a blue ink. For the sentiment (Hero Arts Chalkboard Messages CG619) I heat embossed white over a pretty blue paper. All this was the envelope which also said do not open until Christmas. For the information about the musical I cut and paste information from an email and printed that. Then I stamped all over the background with Versamark ink and a snowflake stamp. After that I dusted over it with Perfect Pearls. Then I added a few die cut snowflakes.

For this I had stamped these tulips (Hero Arts Newspaper Tulips K5576) some time ago by coloring with markers on the stamp I think and maybe spritzing it a bit before stamping. I think it was on watercolor paper. Then I just finished it off by stamping the sentiment.


Hero Arts Flowers for Coloring

Howdy! I have a card with some die cut flowers today to lighten up the cold, rainy and in some places snowy winter days.

Flowers for Coloring

I started out by putting down some watercolors on watercolor paper using a little set my husband gave me for Christmas. So this little watercolor set (Koi Watercolors) is a fun travel type set with 8 fluorescent, 4 metallic and 12 pearlescent colors. It’s a fun one! Most of the flowers have a pearly shimmer but it is hard to see in the photo.  Next I stamped several of the flowers and leaves from the Flowers for Coloring stamp set over the watercolor areas using Versamark ink & Hero Arts white embossing powder. I used the matching Flowers for Coloring die set to cut them out.

I then dry embossed a panel using a Sizzix embossing folder. That was glued to the card base.

The sentiment was stamped with Versamark & heat embossed with silver embossing powder. I die cut this out using the matching dies.

I layered up the flowers and leaves and glued them down along with the sentiment.

Another idea for these flowers, would be to stamp over patterned paper and die cut or hand cut them out.

There’s still time to create a card for the a2z Scrapbooking January challenge Anything Goes.

anything goes

Here’s a link to the a2z scrapbooking store where you can use my discount code Karen15 to get 15% off your purchase of $25 or more. If you’re looking for a Hero Arts product you don’t see in store, use the Request Custom Order button from with-in the shop.

I am entering this card in the Love Handmade Cards Flickr group January challenge.

Entered in the challenge over at A Blog Named Hero

Entered in the Die Cut Divas January challenge. The new part of my card is the Koi watercolors my hub gave me for Christmas.


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